Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Tip-off: Thursday, April 25, 2013 – 9:30 PM ET
FedExForum, Memphis, TN
The Memphis Grizzlies have had an opportunity to rest at home and oddsmakers believe the team is more than ready to get back to playing their on type of basketball. This translates to rebounding, dominating the paint and some sticky defense.
If the team managed to keep Zach Randolph on the floor and out of foul trouble they will get a lot of help.
The 31 year-old player has been limited by foul trouble as the Los Angeles Clippers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this first-round series. Randolph averaged 11.2 rebounds a game during the regular NBA season but has 12 total in the series.
The 2x NBA All-Star said yesterday the officiating has been different from Memphis’ series versus the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 and in 2012 versus these same Clippers.
Coach Lionel Hollins has his own idea on his Memphis team adjusting to the officiating tonight with Game 3 at home.
Randolph wasn’t fully recovered from an injured knee when Los Angeles beat the Grizz in seven games to open the postseason a year ago. The Indiana native is healthy now but was limited to less than 25 minutes as the Clippers routed Memphis in Game 1.
He played nearly 31 minutes in Monday night’s 93-91 defeat as he and Griffin picked up double fouls for a second straight game, but Randolph was on the floor the least of any of Grizzlies’ starters.
Los Angeles dominated on the boards to open the series, beating Memphis with their own style. Mike Conley said guards must help out Randolph and center Marc Gasol, named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year yesterday, with Los Angeles so long and adept at tipping balls out near the 3-point line with no Grizzlies guard in sight.
Los Angeles practiced at home before catching a flight to Memphis for what guard Chris Paul, who scored the game-winning shot Monday night, called a business trip looking for a 10th straight victory overall and a 3-0 series lead. Sense of security is not anything the Clippers or their online sports wagering fans are worried about.
So does Memphis, who trailed Los Angeles 3-1 a year ago before winning two straight to force a Game 7 that Los Angeles won in Memphis.